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No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. The state shouldn't get a second chance.
The pathos and problems of America's death penalty were vividly on display yesterday when Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. Immediately after its failure Gov. John Kasich set June 5, 2019, as a new execution date.
This plan for a second execution reveals a glaring inadequacy in the legal standards governing botched executions in the United States.
Campbell was tried and sentenced to die for murdering 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. After Campbell exhausted his legal appeals, he was denied clemency by the state parole board and the governor.
By the time the state got around to executing Campbell, he was far from the dangerous criminal of 20 years ago. As is the case with many of America's death-row inmates, the passage of time had inflicted its own punishments.
The inmate Ohio strapped onto the gurney was a 69-year-old man afflicted with serious ailm…

Egypt: 20 defendants sentenced to death in Kerdasa massacre re-trial

Court also orders life imprisonment for 80, 15-year term for 34, 10 years for minor and acquits 21

The Cairo Criminal court sentenced on Sunday 20 defendants to death during their retrial in the case known as "Kerdasa massacre", according to local media.

The death penalty had already been issued in April but ordered the referral of the papers of those sentenced to death to the Grand Mufti for consultation. According to state-owned media Al-Ahram, the court sentenced on Sunday 80 other defendants to life in prison, another 34 defendants to 15 years, a minor to 10 years, while it acquitted 21 defendants.

The case includes 156 defendants, whom in the 1st trial had received either death or imprisonment sentences on charges of storming in Kerdasa police station in Giza, killing 12 police officers, initiation of killing 10 others, destroying the police office and burning a number of police vehicles in August 2013.

After the 1st trial, the Appeal Court had refuted 14 death sentences in the same case and revoked a 10-year prison sentence for another defendant, thus ordering a re-trial.

The storming of the station took place shortly after the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in by the armed forces in August 2013, following the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Since 2013, a militant campaign targeting police and army has escalated since the ouster of Morsi, killing several security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Cairo, and the Nile Delta.

Source: Daily News Egypt, July 2, 2017

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